Friends of the Eramosa Karst build on years of tireless advocacy with fundraising and volunteer plantings

(l to r) Fred Fuchs, Nicole Bedell, Margaret Reid and Jennifer Stebbing celebrate FOTEK’s achievement

The Foundation was thrilled to recognize the Friends of the Eramosa Karst (FOTEK) this Spring at our 2019 Appreciation Event as they reached the Pioneer of Conservation ($50,000- 99,999) level on our Donor Wall.

Founded in October 2007, the group of volunteers sought to protect the Eramosa Karst Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI) from a proposed housing development. They successfully launched a public relations and fundraising campaign aimed at lobbying the provincial government. Ultimately they were successful in getting the Province to donate the Eramosa Karst Conservation Area to the Hamilton Conservation Authority.

Following that success, the volunteers helped to protect the “Feeder Lands” surrounding the Conservation Area, having them turned over to HCA for a long-term lease for a nominal fee. Despite two extraordinary successes, FOTEK’s volunteers have not quit. They continue to fundraise, lead guided hikes through the area and attract dozens of volunteers for annual native species plantings.

We at the Hamilton Conservation Foundation were extraordinarily proud to recognize FOTEK on May 13 at our Appreciation Evening as they reached the Pioneer of Conservation ($50,000-99,999) level on our Donor Wall.